Grants and scholarships awarded to students on undergraduate courses at the RVC.

Professor AR Michell symposium summer studentship awarded

25 October 2018

This summer studentship was funded as part of sponsorship provided for the symposium that celebrated the career of Professor Bob Michell.  Bob was passionate about science, driven by curiosity and a burning desire to understand both the similarities and differences between veterinary species and humans.

The studentship was awarded to Kate Kim, who worked with Professor Andrew Pitsillides on How does embryo movement provide an impetus to lengthen bones?

Kate explains that she applied for the summer studentship because: "The veterinary field is so widespread, and involves contribution from many other fields, including research, public health, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. It is my goal, while I am in vet school, to learn and gain experience in as many of these aspects as possible, as I will have limited resources to do so once I graduate. This summer studentship allowed me to immerse myself in a research environment  to learn and perform novel techniques and protocols. It was an invaluable experience to gain insight and appreciation for a different aspect of science. It is interesting to think that the research I was involved in this summer may inform how I treat my patients in the future. I worked very closely with Soraia Silva, and I am grateful for her guidance and the support of the Skeletal Biology Group at the RVC for making my project successful and enjoyable. I would also like to thank Professor Andrew Pitsillides, without whom I would not have this opportunity."

Two Animal Care Trust summer studentships awarded

12 October 2018

The following two RVC students were awarded Animal Care Trust summer studentships which they undertook over the summer:

  • James Sweet-Jones (BSc2) worked with Professor Chantal Chenu on:  Does the loss of osteoblast-derived Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) affect skeletal innervation?
    James advised that he applied for the summer studentship because: "I am passionate about the biological sciences department at the Royal Veterinary College and sought to get involved as soon as the opportunity arose. I chose the project with Chantal Chenu because of my interest in bone function and metabolism sparked from her lectures in Years 1 and 2 of my course. I have been extremely privileged to work with Chantal in a project and I feel it has provided a solid preparation for my future plans to do a PhD and it has supplied me a number of credible contacts within the bone field. The lab skills involved will allow me to efficiently work on my third year project at the RVC."
  • Josephous Miculob (BSc2) worked with Dr Sharon Kendall on:  Identification of the genetic basis of persistence in Mycobacterium smegmatis
    Josephous advised that he applied because: "I wanted to improve my practical and research skills. I also wanted to gain an insight into what it is like to work in a microbiology research lab. At the end of the project, I now feel much more comfortable and independent in a lab as I developed my practicals and research skills. These skills would be useful in my 3rd year research project and in relevant in-course assessments, and later in my science career. The summer project also gave me an opportunity to work with friendly and welcoming scientists who have inspired me and answered all my questions, whether technical or career-related. I would highly recommend anyone to apply to the summer project as it was a great learning experience which I thoroughly enjoyed."

BBSRC REP summer studentship awarded

10 November 2017

The following RVC student was awarded a BBSRC Research Experience Placement (REP):

  • Patricia Muehlstaedt worked with Andy Pitsillides on "How does embryo movement provide an impetus to lengthen bones?

Three Animal Care Trust summer studentships awarded

09 November 2017

Three RVC students were awarded Animal Care Trust summer studentships which they undertook over the summer:

BBSRC REP summer studentship awarded

05 October 2016

The following RVC undergraduate student was awarded a BBSRC Research Experience Placement (REP):

Jordon Egan (BVetMed) who carried out the project "Impact of maternal vitamin D deficiency on anti-mullerian (AMH) expression in foetal ovaries " under the supervision of Dr Ali Fouladi-Nashta.

Three Animal Care Trust summer studentships awarded 

05 October 2016

Three RVC students were awarded Animal Care Trust summer studentships:

Five summer studentships awarded within our Centre for Animal Welfare

13 June 2014

The Centre for Animal Welfare has been awarded three student scholarships from UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare):

  • Samantha Hambleton (BVetMed Year 4) will be working with Dr Troy Gibson on "Opinions of farmers and veterinarians on using NSAIDs alongside local anaesthesia when disbudding calves"
  • Naomi Jane Humphreys (BVetMed Year 4) will be working with Dr Troy Gibson on "Assessment of pain-induced distress with infrared thermography in response to rubber ring castration and tail docking in lambs"
  • Antonia Matthews will be working with Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe on "Can chickens smell fear?"

And a further two from HSA (Humane slaughter association):

  • Elisabeth Bedford (BVetMed Year 4) will be working with Dr Troy Gibson on "Investigation of equine slaughter and stunning methods"
  • Grace Simmonds (BVetMed Year 4) will be working with Dr Troy Gibson on "Investigation of current profiles during head only electrical stunning of sheep in UK abattoirs"

RVC student awarded summer studentship by Society for Endocrinology

06 June 2014

Congratulations to 1st year BSc student Dorottya Kovacs who has been awarded a summer studentship by the Society for Endocrinology to work on "Does C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) function to maintain blood brain barrier integrity and is it altered in diabetes?" She will be supervised by Dr Charlotte Lawson.

Five Wellcome Trust CVRT Scheme vacation studentships made to RVC

02 June 2014

The following students have been awarded Wellcome Trust CVRT Vacation Awards for this summer (2014) as part of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Veterinary Research Training Programme:

  • Alan Johnson (BVetMed Year 1) will be working with Dr Abir Mukherjeeon "Is activin and FSTL3 action on chondrocyte proliferation and differentiation sexually dimorphic?"
  • Iain Brunt (BVetMed Year 2) will be working with Dr Ali Fouladi-Nashtaon "Does supplementation of polyunsaturated fatty acids to oocyte maturation affect embryo sex after in vitro fertilisation?"
  • Laura Hussey (BVetMed Year 1) will be working with Dr Michelangelo Campanella on "The mitochondrial protein TSPO triggers ROS-mediated prosurvival pathways in the Companion Animals’ Mammary Cancer by limiting Cell Mitophagy"
  • Luca Fortuna (BVetMed Year 2) will be working with Dr Robert Noad on " Does non-structural protein 1 of African Horse Sickness virus enhance translation of viral messenger RNA?"
  • Sarah Woollatt (BVetMed Year 2) will be working with Professor Mark Fox on "Angiostrongylus vasorum – can dogs become infected without eating parasitised mollusc intermediate hosts?"

World Horse Welfare Undergraduate Bursary 2014awarded to RVC student

13 May 2014

Lindsay Callan (BVetMed Year 4 student) has been awarded a World Horse Welfare undergraduate bursary. She will be supervised by Dr Nicola-Menzies-Gow.

Wellcome Trust CVRT Vacation Awards

Summer 2012

The following RVC undergraduate students were granted CVRT Vacation Awards for Summer 2012 as part of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Veterinary Research Training Programme:

  • Abi Charlesworth to carry out the project: "Relating SNP genotype data to performance a rare breed of dual purpose dairy /beef cattle" project under the supervision of Dr Geoff Pollott.
  • Alice Brockman to carry out the project: "Effect of Berberine on ribosomal RNA Processing" under the supervision of Dr Liam Good.
  • Beckie Cordner to carry out the project: "Do the structure and function of distal tendons alter during growth?" under the supervision of Dr Sarah Williams.
  • Josh Swain to carry out the project: "Consequences of herbicide exposure neuroendocrine development and function" under the supervision of Dr Robert Fowkes
  • Lily Wilson to carry out the project: "The Role of microRNAs in T cell development" under the supervision of Dr Bradley Cobb.
  • Samantha Hambleton to carry out the project: "Modelling Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (INCL) in zebrafish to enable drug discovery" under the supervision of Dr Claire Russell.

For more information about Wellcome Trust funding see Wellcome Trust: Funding: Biomedical Science

BBSRC Research Experience Placements

The following RVC undergraduate student was awarded a BBSRC Research Experience Placement (REP):

  • Rachel Lampe to carry out the project: "Modelling animal gaits to understand stability, make predictions about neural control, and develop new tests for lameness and neuropathy" under the supervision of Dr Andrew Spence.

For more information on BBSRC placement schemes see BBSRC Nuffield Research Placements

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